What Happened the Day Everything Changed
"I pretty much remember everything about the accident."
As a high school junior going into her senior year, Dana Guest would soon be starting a new chapter in her life. That summer Dana was hit by a dump truck causing her to sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury in the motor vehicle accident that left her quadriplegic. Although she was young, Dana knew that with her condition her family would soon be facing a difficult time ahead both emotionally and financially.
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"Knowing that Dana would be provided for was just a huge weight lifted off of us."
The Case Profile
Dana needed Financial Stability for the Rest of Her Life
In 2000, the attorneys at Swope, Rodante P.A. received a call that a young girl had been severely injured by a dump truck. It was Dana, a junior in high school with only 17 years of age who was on the way to meet her mom for theme park pass photos. On the way to there, Dana was stopped at a red light and saw a full-size Mack truck was barreling toward her resting car at 55 miles per hour.
After the accident, Dana and her family were informed that she, as a result of the accident, was now a quadriplegic. The attorneys knew proving who was at fault was not going to be difficult, but they knew it was going to be difficult to find a way to get this young girl the financial support she would need for the rest of her life.
the case challenges
Keeping the End Goal in Mind
The team at Swope, Rodante P.A., led by Dale Swope, began working on the case and Dale dove deep to make sure they found a way to help Dana. The team wasn’t just looking for a way to be able to help Dana cover her most recent medical costs, they needed to make sure she was supported for years to come. Dana attended many of the proceedings herself and witnessed how the prosecutor continued to give excuse after excuse in an attempt to show how the accident was Dana’s fault. The team’s intense investigation led them to the evidence that would help recover the funds needed to financially support Dana for the rest of her life.
Dana’s Life Today
It took many long years, but the team at Swope, Rodante P.A. was able to achieve their end goal; securing Dana’s financial well-being for the rest of her life. After the injury, Dana began rehabilitation and continued her life the best way she could. Soon after, she found a new source of happiness in the surprising form of a baby girl. Her daughter pushed her recovery to reaches that she never thought possible and she had regained mobility of her arms. Dana also got the opportunity to graduate college years after the injury happened. Although it was a traumatic experience, Dana helps out in the spinal cord injury community and is even part of CORE. Dana did not let the accident that happened years ago end her story; she continues living a fulfilled life and writes her story every day.